Do you want to forget for a while the hectic pace of a big city such as London? Do you want a pleasant outdoor excursion? Well! If like me you are fond of trekking, the best advice I can give you is: “go to the Seven Sisters!” When we think of the white English cliffs we immediately think of the famous ones of Dover but, mind you, they are not the only ones!
WHY THEY ARE CALLED SEVEN SISTERS AND WHERE THEY ARE
The “Seven Sisters” are a series of seven hills(like those of Rome) located inside a long cliff undulating white chalk that faces
English channel. Their name comes from a legend according to which seven sisters lived on these limestone formations, each of which had a house between these hills that, put together, make up the c.d.“Seven Sisters Country Park”, located within the larger South Down National Park.
Their origin dates back to prehistoric times when ancient rivers dug deep valleys inplaster but due to the permeability of this material, water instead of remaining on the surface disappeared underground, thus giving rise to technically known formations as “dry valleys”. Over the millennia these valleys were submerged by sea water whose erosive force contributed not only to shape the present structure of the cliffs, but also to push the softerchalk of the seabed to the surface of the rocky walls. Later, when the sea level dropped, the plaster of those walls returned to light keeping alive the bright white colour, undisputed symbol of the Seven Sisters. The Seven Sisters are occasionally used in film and television production as a substitute for the more famous cliffs of Dover, since their territory is almost devoid of urban settlements. In addition, the force of the wind blowing incessantly and the waves hurling themselves on the chalk of the cliffs make theSeven Sisters and Beachy Headmore attractive than the white cliffs of Dover, which suffer from the presence of the port and the growing vegetation.
Curious after seeing the fairy-tale images of these rock faces, I decided to visit this place relying on one of the many trekking groups that the city of Londonoffers, but you can also do it independently, without problems. The meeting place of the group was Victoria Station from where we took the train. Once on board, I immediately met an Italian girl, Anna, with whom I started chatting until at Lewes we had to take a second train to reachSeaford, starting point of the trek. The best route to admire the cliffs, in my opinion, starts from the beach of Seaford until you reach the seafront of Eastbourne. That does not change if you want, you can also do the reverse path. Our group was quite numerous even if in smaller number than the members, because that day was expected strong wind and some, more conscientious, abandoned the idea. Actually when we arrived at Seaford the weather forecast had right, at least for once and the wind was really strong!